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Benico Barzilai, MD


Benico Barzilai, MD
Department: Cardiovascular Medicine
Section Head
Location: Cleveland Clinic Main Campus
Mail Code J2-4
9500 Euclid Avenue
Cleveland, OH 44195
Benico Barzilai, MD
Department: Cardiovascular Medicine
Section Head
Location: Stephanie Tubbs Jones Health Center
Mail Code J2-4
13944 Euclid Avenue
East Cleveland, OH 44112
Type of Doctor:
Adults Only

Biographical Sketch

Benico Barzilai, MD, is Head of the Section of Clinical Cardiology in the Robert and Suzanne Tomsich Department of Cardiovascular Medicine in the Heart & Vascular Institute at Cleveland Clinic.

Specialty Interests: General cardiology, heart valve disease, echocardiography, electrocardiography

Success Rates: Cleveland Clinic has been ranked the #1 hospital for cardiology and heart surgery by U.S. News & World Report since 1994. Success rates for specific procedures are available at:

Education and Training: Dr. Barzilai earned his medical degree at the University of Illinois School Of Medicine. He served his internship and residency at Barnes-Jewish Hospital-Washington University School of Medicine, St. Louis, Mo., where he also completed a fellowship in cardiology. He has held an academic appointment at the Washington University School of Medicine since 1984.

Dr. Barzilai was appointed to the staff at Cleveland Clinic in 2009. Prior to that, he was a long-time member of the staff at Barnes-Jewish Hospital-Washington University School of Medicine. He was Director of the Valvular Heart Disease Clinic and a Professor of Medicine at Barnes-Jewish Hospital.

Dr. Barzilai lhas a long-standing interest in coronary artery disease and valvular disease, and the Center for Treatment of Valvular Heart Disease at Barnes-Jewish Hospital was established under his leadership.

Research, Publications and Speaking: Dr. Barzilai has been published extensively in leading scientific journals, including the Journal of the American College of Cardiology, Chest and Annals of Thoracic Surgery.

About Dr. Barzilai: “I enjoy figuring out what’s wrong with my patients. I’m a diagnostician and I truly enjoy figuring out what’s wrong with them and implementing a treatment plan. I always try to be as accessible as I can be to my patients, and my secretary does a great job of helping me out with that!

Leisure activities: In his spare time, Dr. Barzilai enjoys spending time with his wife, going out to eat in Cleveland, and enjoying the Cleveland Orchestra and performances at Playhouse Square. He also enjoys visiting national parks; is a St. Louis Rams season ticket holder; and an avid Chicago White Sox fan.

Education & Fellowships

Fellowship - Barnes-Jewish Hospital/Washington University School of Medicine
St. Louis, MO USA
Residency - Barnes-Jewish Hospital/Washington University School of Medicine
Internal Medicine
St. Louis, MO USA
Medical School - University of Illinois College of Medicine
Chicago, IL USA
Undergraduate - Case Western Reserve University
Cleveland, OH USA


  • Internal Medicine
  • Internal Medicine- Cardiovascular Disease
  • National Board of Echocardiography

Specialty Interests

General cardiology, heart valve disease, echocardiography, electrocardiography

Awards & Honors

  • Top MD, Consumers Checkbook
  • 2005, Neville Award for Clinical Excellence


  • Associate, American College of Physicians
  • Fellow, American College of  Cardiology
  • American Society of Echocardiography
  • American Heart Association Clinical Council

Treatment & Services

  • Aorta Center
  • Cardiology
  • Cardiovascular Medicine Department
  • Clinical Cardiology Section
  • C-Reactive Protein Testing
  • Exercise and Cardiovascular Disease
  • General Cardiology
  • Myocardial Viability Imaging

Specialty in Diseases and Conditions

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Languages Spoken

  • English

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